Sunday, January 12, 2020

Tip#1178: Real-Life Heroes in Movies Inspire, Part 6 - Bombshell

My year of 2019 will be the year I will be forever grateful for the fantastic group therapy I was able to receive that uncovered childhood trauma of being bullied at school. I realized that being consistently bullied left a scar of fear, shame and other painful emotions that were buried but unconsciously held me back from enjoying a full life.

I continue to work on these issues while being inspired by others in real life that stood up to bullies I’ve read about in the news. Some are called whistleblowers, advocates or climate activists like Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg. There was also actress Melissa Benoist of the Supergirl TV series who posted an emotional, raw video talking about the domestic violence she endured with an ex-boyfriend.

Then at the end of 2019 the film Bombshell was released that tells the story of the brave women who went public about sexual harassment from their boss at Fox News. Watching it was devastating and also riveting and inspirational for witnessing pure, heroic courage standing up to an overwhelming bully!

Bombshell (2019)

The biographical drama film, Bombshell, is based upon real-life accounts of TV Hosts Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron), Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman) and fictional character Kayla Pospisil (Margot Robbie) at Fox News who exposed CEO Roger Ailes (John Lithgow) for sexual harassment. This riveting story also includes performances by Kate McKinnon, Connie Britton, Malcolm McDowell, and Allison Janney.
See: movie trailer 
Watch now: Amazon Prime


I remember seeing this news in 2016 and how groundbreaking these acts of courage were stirring up discussion and awareness. There was immense support, especially on social media, that reverberates around the planet. Seeing the story being told in a Hollywood film further helped me see the terrible conditions of a toxic workplace these, and countless other women, must endure. Theron was amazing at playing Megyn Kelly, as well as, Kidman as Gretchen Carlson. Robbie was also emotionally compelling as a fictional character representing an amalgam of sexually harassed women.

These women demonstrated incredible resilience and perseverance facing seemingly impossible barriers within their workplace and the media. And though they each faced the three responses of Fight, Flight or Freeze they found the inner strength to fight with the help of others that believed in each of them.

They each found the courage to stand their ground and say “enough was enough”, “this will no longer be tolerated” and that they “deserved better”! In doing so they helped inspire more than 20 other women to go public with their own experiences.

We all have faced some form of bullying in our lives growing up, in the workplace or in every day life. We may feel helpless but we each have the inner strength to persevere and stand tall against others that abuse us. Find inspiration from real-life heroes as well as cinematic role-models to ignite the courage within you! Remember you are not alone and you deserve better!

Related Tips:
Tip#1039: Real-Life Heroes in Movies Inspire, Part 5 - Maudie 
Tip#1041: Facing the Monsters in Your Life - Anxiety & Bullying – Colossal 
Tip#1076: Strong Women in the Movies, Part 7 - Molly’s Game

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Sunday, January 05, 2020

Tip#1177: The Uplifting Power of Cinema, Part 9 - Knives Out

I am just finishing my annual Christmas vacation in Las Vegas visiting family and celebrating the holidays and a brand New Year! As always there was lots of delicious foods and restaurants, awesome movie theatre experiences and good times with friends and family. And, as usual, there were some challenging times dealing with family/life issues.

One of the highlights of this trip was finally visiting the Keep Memory Alive Event Center that’s part of the Cleveland Clinic, Lou Ruvo Center For Brain Health. I’ve actually known this as the cool “Tim Burton melting building” I’d see every year and was always in wonder of its design. It was created by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry. My mom and I met some wonderful, warm staff and received lots of information on overall brain health, Alzheimer’s, dementia and mild cognitive impairment.

Just knowing this Center For Brain Health exists gives me great peace of mind especially for a loved one that needs their services, resources and community for support. It’s the same, stress free feeling I get whenever I watch and entertaining and engaging movie. And I got to see several while in Vegas in fantastic Galaxy Luxury+ Theatres with plush reclining seats that included Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Frozen 2.

And on New Year’s Day when we were experiencing a stressful morning we went to see an afternoon movie that took us away from all our problems for a few hours!

Knives Out (2019)

The mystery comedy film, Knives Out, is about Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) investigating the death of wealthy and renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) along with his eccentric, combative family. This entertaining and riveting whodunit story is brimming with twists and turns and with great performances by the entire cast that included Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford and Jaeden Martell.
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The film is over two hours long and yet it went by so fast thanks to a tight story. The less you know the better but it is very much like a classic Agatha Christie novel. It’s so much fun seeing this awesome cast of characters fighting with one another and hearing Craig’s smooth southern accent despite being British and being more known as James Bond.

There is a great life lesson that emerges which relates to always doing what’s right even when you are tempted to do the wrong thing or even what is more more convenient. And, most importantly, the film took me away from life’s problems for awhile and re-energized my positivity and feel-good feelings long after I left the theatre.

Movies can truly help free you of your day’s troubles even if for just a few hours. They can help stop the ruminating of negative thoughts cluttering up your brain and give your mind a much needed rest. If you are feeling overwhelmed then find a film today that will take you away and uplift your spirits. Your brain may be in need of a nice, little vacation!

Related Tips:
Tip#1115: The Uplifting Power of Cinema, Part 7 - A Simple Favor
Tip#1175: The Uplifting Power of Cinema, Part 8 - Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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Sunday, December 29, 2019

Tip#1176: Believe in Magic, Part 5 - Frozen 2

I have been using affirmations for years and find that it has been so powerful in helping me stay positive when depression, life, relationships and work issues seem impossible to solve. And the amazing water crystal photography of Dr. Masaru Emoto is a major reason for empowering my belief that saying and thinking positive words to myself help me to persevere!

Dr. Emoto did experiments that involved saying words like ‘love’, ‘thank you’, ‘you fool’ and ‘you make me sick’ to assigned glasses of water and then photographed them when the water was frozen. The water crystals revealed astounding results that mirrored the tone and emotion of the words! And when you remember that our bodies our made up to 60% water you can begin to realize the profound affects of our self-talk and what others say to us.

There is also Dr. Emoto’s rice experiment that many people on YouTube have been replicating at home that is amazing to watch. This involves three jars of equal amounts of cooked rice with the labels: Love, Hate and Ignore. Over a period of a month, you say loving things to the love jar like ‘I love you’ and spiteful, hateful things to the hate jar like ‘you’re stupid’ etc. And you just ignore the third jar.

You put your energy into your words and the genuine emotions must match the words for the experiment to work. You must fully immerse yourself in truly feeling love and hate. There are many video tests you can see on YouTube that will inspire you to be more mindful of the thoughts, words and feelings you have for yourself and for others!

See: Rice Experiment videos on YouTube
Read more: The Rice Experiment

Recently, these rice experiment videos inspired me to look at self-hypnosis and led me to an amazing video from Dan Candell who had a learning disability in 7th grade and used self-hypnosis successfully to get better grades. Dan now teaches self-hypnosis to athletes, business people and students and it has to do with positive affirmations and self-talk. For me this all connects with other techniques I am passionate about like the law of attraction, creative visualization, priming and understanding the reticular activation system (RAS).

See video: Hypnotize Yourself And Achieve Greatness _ Dan Candell

When amazing things happen to me or manifest suddenly in my life I feel like I’ve just experienced genuine magic of the power of our self-talk! And the positive emotional energy I feel when this happens is the key to making these techniques and experiments work. One way of increasing your belief in this magic is seeing movies that touch our imaginations and help us feel positive at the same time!

Frozen 2 (2019)

The computer animated, musical, fantasy film, Frozen 2, follows Elsa, Queen of Arendelle (Idina Menzel), her sister Anna, Princess of Arendelle (Kristen Bell), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), Olaf (Josh Gad), and Sven, who embark on a journey to discover the origin of Elsa's magical powers and the mystery of their parents. This colourful film is filled with wonderful moments, hilarious scenes and catchy songs that feature the vocal talents of newcomers Sterling K. Brown, Evan Rachel Wood, Alfred Molina, Martha Plimpton, Jason Ritter, Rachel Matthews, and Jeremy Sisto.
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At its core, this movie is about the journey of finding your origins and true self while embracing one’s gifts, skills and strengths that could be seen as a curse or burden. And it’s told in such a fun, whimsical, musical way to deliver these life lessons to young and old! Each main character has a challenge that they learn to overcome and they have each other for love and support. Olaf is hilarious as he continuously adds humor to any predicament and also shares interesting facts about life such as turtles being able to breathe through their butts!

I really resonated with Elsa because I loved her determination in her self-discovery. I also always felt her magic powers for ice were like the character Iceman from the X-Men films and feel she could easily be an X-Men member! There’s a great scene you can see in the trailer that demonstrates her courage, perseverance and resilience in using her magic powers to overcome a massive obstacle with water. See: movie trailer 

The film also introduces the idea that water can hold memories which takes Dr. Emoto experiments to another thought-provoking level. Whether it’s true or not, if this concept or any experiments with water inspires anyone to be a better, stronger person then it has served it’s purpose. That's the magic that can transform your dark situations into light!

Movies can help anyone believe that magic can be real in our lives. They can help us believe that impossible things are possible so long as we stay positive about ourselves. Start with becoming aware of the positive and negative words we think and say to ourselves. And know that they affect our brains and bodies in profound ways. Fill yourself with empowering, shining bright words today and every day!

Happy holidays to all my readers around the world! And wishing you an awesome, thrilling New Year and new decade of 2020!

Related Tips:
Tip#1086: Believe in Magic, Part 4 - Being There
Tip#831: Creative Visualization, Part 1 - Reticular Activating System (RAS) - Focus 
Tip#9: Law of Attraction, Part 1 - The Secret



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Sunday, December 22, 2019

Tip#1175: The Uplifting Power of Cinema, Part 8 - Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

I just watched the last Saturday Night Live show of the decade hosted by Eddie Murphy and it just kept putting a smile on my face! Returning after 35 years since he last performed on the show I loved seeing his beloved characters Mr. Robinson, Buckwheat and Gumby return and seeing Murphy really enjoy himself! And though 2019 is ending I have a wonderful, hopeful feeling inside me as we enter the new decade of 2020!

This year also marked cinematic endings to three epic film series. Avengers: Endgame saw the culmination of 21 years of an intricate story line that began with Iron Man movie in 2008. And X-Men: Dark Phoenix also came out in 2019 closing off this series in a film that received harsh and mixed reviews. But I loved it because it had something in common with Avengers: Endgame and that is they both dealt with the pain and affects of depression.

This theme of depression in both films gave viewers important life lessons of the supportive power of family and friends and also the need for hope, resilience, perseverance and indestructible optimism. These films reminded me that during this year of 2019 I also received life-changing help through two group therapy programs at a Toronto hospital. Read more: How To Cope With Depression

My clinical depression and seasonal depression (SAD) symptoms were greatly lowered thanks to the 16 week day treatment program and 10 week mindfulness therapy group program where the guidance from the psychiatrists and social workers helped me rescue my wounded inner child. Most importantly it was the loving support I felt from participants of each group that gave me strength and courage to face the dark sides of myself.


2019 saw the close of the third major film series and it too celebrated the idea of love and support of people during difficult times. It too was a reminder of the power of family.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

The epic space-opera film, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, is the third installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy and the final episode of the nine-part "Skywalker saga". It wraps up the trilogy of Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Kylo Ren/Ben Solo (Adam Driver) in a final confrontation and battle with Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid). The film's ensemble cast also includes Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong'o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran and Billy Dee Williams.
See: movie trailer 
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Despite so many negative reviews of this film I was surprised and relieved that I highly enjoyed this final Skywalker chapter. There were so many problems this film had to solve due to the highly divisive chapter of The Last Jedi and the unexpected death of Carrie Fisher. I actually felt that the producers and co-writer and director J.J. Abrams needed a miracle to make this film a success to please its audiences. So as a long time fan since I first saw the very first Star Wars film in 1977 this movie lifted up my happy inner child and thrilled my adult self!

For me some problems I had with The Last Jedi were fixed enough so I could enjoy this cinematic ride that was filled with exciting space battles and other creative challenges and characters our heroes faced. And I thoroughly enjoyed all the many callbacks, characters and references to many of the previous eight chapters that made me so happy to see! And John Williams’s score was as majestic and soul-stirring as ever. Watch for a cameo Williams makes in a cantina scene!

The real bonus of this film is the message of family that shines throughout the story right until the final scene. It’s a message that in whatever appears to be the end of something that family and generations of family will always live on in each of us as long as we keep that memory alive in our thoughts and feelings. I’d like to think that is what the power of The Force is all about too!

Movies can deliver important messages while we are being entertained and taken away from our daily problems and life. They can remind us that we are not alone in our problems and that we each have family, friends and others to support us in dark times. Find a film today to give you comfort that all you need is to find someone to share your burdens with and help you feel loved and supported. And remember this message, The Force will be with you, always!

Happy holidays to all my readers around the world! And wishing you an awesome, thrilling New Year and new decade of 2020!

Related Tips:
Tip#1115: The Uplifting Power of Cinema, Part 7 - A Simple Favor
Tip#1152: Life Lessons in Your Favourite Movies, Part 7 - Anna - Femme Fatale
Tip#1118: Cultivate Supportive Relationships, Part 9 – Alpha
Tip#1114: What Does Family Mean to You? Part 10 - Moonstruck - Unleashed


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